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A perspective from the archive of Pancho Guedes

The sedutive trajectory of this unique Portuguese architect, sculptor and artist

Pancho Guedes said that colleagues were distressed by his houses, ‘because these buildings showed that architecture could be much more than boxes’. In this drawing for an unbuilt project The Habitable Woman (1963) you get a sense of the architect’s characteristic organic style and eccentric brilliance.

However, Guedes also built many of his creations, albeit in a more restrained fashion than shown here.

In April’s Reputations, Peter Cook pays tribute to Guedes as ‘the most creative person’ he’s ever met. In 1961 The AR ran a feature on Guedes who at the time had spent the past ten years practising in Lourenço Marques, the capital of Mozambique, producing work both original and idiosyncratic to which no attention had then been given by the outside world.

033 portrait in lisbon

Alison Smithson, Pancho and Peter Smithson, Lisbon, 1980s

 

'Saipal - Pao da Cidade by Pancho Guedes, 1981'

‘Saipal - Pao da Cidade by Pancho Guedes, 1981’

Pancho Guedes, 1963

Pancho Guedes, 196z

The Specter of the Blue Gum, 1964

The Specter of the Blue Gum, 1964

Hotel Castelo do Adoravel, 1982

Hotel Castelo do Adoravel, 1982

051_Seven_monuments

Seven Monuments, Oil on hardboard, 1968

053 The power of his gaze

The power of his gaze, acrylic on canvas, 2005

087_perspective

Matos Ribeiro Semis, perspective, pencil on paper

092_nucleo_de_arte

Nucleo De Arte’, Plans and Elevations

094 Santos Marques roof axo

Santos Marques E Silva building, 1953, pencil perspective on paper (02)

095 Santos Marques

Santos Marques E Silva building, 1953, pencil perspective on paper (03)

080 Lourenco Marques

Smiling Lion, Lourenco Marques, Mozambique, 1958

Smiling Lion, Section

Smiling lion, Section

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Smiling Lion, 1958, Plans

100_smiling_lion_elevations

Smiling Lion, 1958, Elevations, pencil on paper

101_smiling_lion_images

Smiling Lion, 1958, Images

101_smiling_lions_ink_on_paper

Smiling Lion, 1958, Elevations, Ink on paper

101_smiling_lion_axo

Smiling Lion, 1958, axonometric, ink on paper

101_smiling_lion_volumetrics

Smiling Lion, 1958, Volumetric diagram

101_smiling_lion_images_b

Smiling Lion, 1958, Images

106_hotel_in_s.martinho_do_bilene

Hotel in S. Martinho Do Bilene, 1955, pencil perspective on paper

Hotel In st.martinho, Plans

Hotel in St. Martinho, Plans

Hotel In st.martinho, section

Hotel in S. Martinho Do Bilene, 1955, Section

107_hotel_in_s_martinho_pencil_sketch

Hotel in S. Martinho Do Bilene, 1955, pencil perspective on paper

110_Aeroplane_House_photo

Swazi Zimbabwe House, Goedgegun, Swaziland, 1965

111_aeroplane_house_plans

Swazi Zimbabwe House, 1965, Plans

110_aeroplane_house_pencl_on_paper

Swazi Zimbabwe House, 1965, pencil perspective on paper

111_aeroplane_house_axo_2

Swazi Zimbabwe House, 1965, pencil perspective on paper

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